Hawa Mahal Jaipur – The Complete Guide
Hawa Mahal, also known as the Wind Palace is one of the architectural gems of Jaipur, Rajasthan. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must visit if you truly wants to know the architectural passion of the Rajput clan.
Hawa Mahal was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The primary purpose of building this amazing palace was to let the royal women get a fascinating view of the public, events, festivals and processions passing on the road below the Mahal.
The ladies of the royal family were not allowed to come in front of the public and thus this high screen wall was their only way to witness the crowd and bustle of the city life, staying invisible.
Hawa Mahal is a perfect blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles, the fluted pillars and floral imprints as a part of Rajput style and arches, stone inlays with filigree work as part of the Mughal style. This palace is made from pink and red sandstone, while some of the jharokhas are made from wood.
If you look at this structure, you can find a resemblance of the Mahal with the crown of Lord Krishna. There are 983 jharokhas or windows in this five storey building. It is also adorned with a beautifully decorated façade which again resembles a honeycomb.
The windows are just not normal sources of ventilation but exquisitely beautiful with fine jali or lattice work.
The windows are just not airy and awe inspiring but also have small chambers each where the ladies sat and enjoyed the outside view. Rajasthan is known for its sweltering summers and Hawa Mahal is pleasantly cool with fountains at the middle of each chamber.
Hawa Mahal is located at the eastern side of a complex with three buildings.
Some interesting facts about Hawa Mahal are
- Place of Winds is connected to the City Palace through the imperial door.
- Top storeys of Hawa Mahal do not have stairs and can only be reached using ramps.
- At present there is an archaeological museum located at the heart of the courtyard. It treasures ancient artefacts of Jaipur.
Hawa Mahal is open for public on all days of the week from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM.
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Hawa Mahal is early in the morning. The sublime rays of the sun gives an elegant look to the Mahal. October to March is considered to be the best months to visit Hawa Mahal.
Hawa Mahal is nestled at the Badi Chaupar, also known as the Big Square. Jaipur lies at close proximity to the capital city of the country, New Delhi. It is just 4 to 5 hours from the capital. A trip to Jaipur is a part of the Golden Triangle Trip and is easily accessible via rail, roads and airways.
Via Roadways: There are buses which connect the city to the other cities of the state. Tourists can also hire air conditioned cabs to directly reach Hawa Mahal.
Via Flights: There are regular flights at Jaipur International Airport, which connect the city to the domestic and international cities.
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Hawa Mahal is just one of the several gems which bejewel the crown of Jaipur.
- City Palace, Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar are some of the other must visits of the city.
- Shop for exclusive Rajasthani jewellery and boutique apparels at the Johari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Chandpole Bazaar.
- Take a Heritage walk around the old city of Jaipur.
- Relish authentic Rajasthani cuisines which include laalmaas, Kher sangria and dal baati churma.
Hawa Mahal is a distinctive landmark in the tourism map of Jaipur. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore one of the royal households of Rajasthan.
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